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deal in the house and senate, congress can try to take credit for retroactive tax cuts. >> i will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2% of americans while preventing a middle class tax hike that could have sent the economy back into a recession. >> reporter: now the president praised the deal and quickly took off for a hawaiian vacation. now in march, another round of fighting as congress tackles the debt ceiling. reporting live, sherrie johnson. >> after this happened maryland congressman andy harris released a statement in part reading, i oppose this legislation that increases taxes on 77% of people in my district. and here's why congressman harris says the deal actually raises taxes on most americans. that deal prevented an increase on income taxes but you will have to pay more coming out of your paycheck. that's because this deal didn't extend to the payroll tax holiday which means someone earning 50,000 dollars a year will pay about 1,000 dollars more a year in social security taxes. >>> an update for you on the condition of secretary of state hillary clinton. she rema
and senate, congress can take credit for retroactive tax cuts. >> it's a very, very strong first step. >> this is an important one and a critical one for the future of the country. >> reporter: now in about two months, congress needs to deal with spending cuts they put off and there will be a fight over the debt ceiling. reporting live in federal hill, sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> so the deal is done and we won't pay anymore in taxes this year. but it's not true. the fiscal cliff deal keeps income tax rates at courage level for 98% but doesn't extend the payroll tax cut. more will go into socialsecurity. most lower and middle income familiesly vied -- families will avoid a thousand more in income taxes they will pay more for payroll taxer. >>> 2013 means changes are coming to health care. big thing to watch is with the health insurance exchanges. they have to be up and running by october 1st. only 18 states including maryland on thed to build their exchange -- opted to build their own exchange. other things to watch out with the health care reform act is contributions to a flexible
-passing the compromise deal in the house and senate, congress can try to take credit for retroactive tax cuts. >> it's a very, very strong first step. >> this is an important one. that is critical one for the future of the country. >> reporter: so in march another round of fighting as congress tackles the debt ceiling. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> immediately after commenting on the house vote the president headed to andrews air force base in maryland and this is new video from overnight where he boarded the plane to fly to hawaii to rejoin his family. obama spent five days there before returning to the white house last thursday. >>> changes are coming to the health care for the coming year of 2013 the main is health insurance exchanges. they must be up and running by october 1st. only 18 states including maryland on thed to build their exchange. other things you need to watch out for, contributions to a flexible spending account is limited to 2500 dollars. you're allowed to deduct more unreimbursed medical cost when you file taxes but for that you have to itemize. >> 6:47. going back to school t
, but bypassing the compromise deal in the house and the senate, congress can try to take credit for retroactive tax cuts. >> to avoid this fiscal cliff, they set up new ones. in just two months they will have to deal with the spending cuts they put off and have a nasty fight over the debt ceiling. karen travers, abc news, washington. >>> stocks hit a five-month high after the house voted. many were worried if the vote had failed, it may have pushed the u.s. into a recession. now the real test comes tomorrow when the stock exchange opens in new york at 6:30 in the morning. we're going to have more on that. that begins at 4:30 a.m. >>> president obama left washington late tonight. he is returning to hawaii to rejoin his family for a vacation. the president interrupted his traditional christmas holiday to work with lawmakers to prevent the economy from going over that so-called fiscal cliff. we have a cold night ahead with temperatures dropping into the 20s and 30s. we caught folks in union square bundled up in their winter jackets to ward off the cold. abc7's spencer christian is here with live d
mason reid becomes the longest-serving member of congress in the history of the state of nevada. senator reid was elected to the u.s. house of representatives the same year that i was elected, in 1982, and became a member of the house in 1983. he became a member of the united states senate in 1987. he has served with great distinction in both houses of congress, serving his state of nevada. and today is the highest-ranking democrat in the united states senate serving as its majority leader. i would dare say, mr. president, that you and i will probably not really know anything about the town of searchlight, nevada, were it not for harry reid. harry reid has told us so many stories of his youth and his background in that tiny town and what brought him to this station in life today. i almost feel if there were a town or high school reunion i could attend it with harry and look around and recognize a lot of people there, because i've certainly heard stories about his youth and the people that had a dramatic impact on his life from the time that he was growing up in searchlight, neff. we know
. but passing the compromise deal in the house and senate, congress can take credit for retroactive tax cuts. to avoid this fiscal cliff, congress essentially set up new ones. in just two months, they're going to have to deal with the automatic spending cuts they put off, and there's going to be a nasty fight over the debt ceiling. john and paula, back to you. >> we get to look forward to so much more. >>> victims of hurricane sandy will have to wait longer for help. lawmakers did not vote on a measure to provide aid to people affected by the storm. the senate hassocked more than $60 billion to the region, but house republicans say the price tag is too high and includes too much pork. >>> secretary of state clinton spending her fourth day in the hospital being treated for blood clots. chelsea clinton tweeted, thank you for all sending good thoughts my mom's day. grateful to her doctors and that she'll make a full recovery. still not clear how soon clinton will be able to go home. >>> overseas now, and gunman in northwest pakistan have am busheled a van, killing five pakistani teachers and tw
did go over that fiscal cliff. but by passing the compromise deal in the house and senate, congress can try to take credit for retroactive tax cuts. to avoid this fiscal cliff, congress essentially set up new ones. in just two months, they're going to have to deal with automatic spending cuts they put off, and there's going to be a nasty fight over the debt ceiling. john and paula, back to you. >> so basically they just worked out the tax code here. they've got the spending cuts coming up in the next couple of months. but republicans in the house didn't really like it. they voted just about 2-1 against it. but this gives them a little leverage coming up when they start negotiating for the spending cuts. i thought it was interesting, two that did vote for it, the speaker of the house, john boehner, and former vice presidential candidate paul ryan voted for the bill. against it, marco rubio. so that sets up a nice dynamic for 2016. >> no doubt about it. to put it very simple, they kicked the can down the road a little bit. we're going to catch back up with it and deal with it again. >
thanked congress and asked that future negotiations not involve much trauma. --drama. >> they finally got it done. congress and the along from all over the fiscal cliff, with house republicans reluctantly passing the senate bill. >> i will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2% of americans while preventing a middle-class tax hike that could have sent the economy back into recession. >> it appears the bill was headed for defeat. house republicans did not want to raise taxes without significant cuts in government spending. >> there are no spending cuts. we are adding $4 billion a day to the debt and we fell ilk -- feel like the senate bill failed miserably. >> they decided not to drag out the fight in the longer and risks taking the blame for massive tax hikes for nearly a met -- for nearly every american worker. >> what is the alternative? >> the bill shields those earning less than $400,000 a year from tax increases and extend unemployment benefits. it does not raise the so-called app ceiling. in two months, government will reach its limit on borrowing unless congress acts. i
but bypassing the compromise deal on the house and senate congress can take credit for retroactive tax cuts. avoid this cliff congress exceptionally set up new ones n.2 most they have to deal with the automatic spending cut they put off and have a nasty fight over the debt ceiling. abc news washington. >>> that deal now goes to the president. stock in asia are already up over the news and of course the real test comes tomorrow when the stock exchange open ins new york at 6:30 in the morning. more on that on our morning news that begins at 4:30 am. now to the weather and very cold temperatures outside. spencer here with quick look at the numbers. >> very cold is right. possibly under statement look at live doppler 7 hd absence of clouds and precipitation and temperatures dropping. 33 agrees in fairfield. 37 livermore. it's quite cold all around the bay area tonight and speaking of the cold snap we have a freezing warning in effect for virtually the entire north bay from 11:00 p.m. to 9 am. low pressure in the affected area here from 24 to 28 degrees freezing damage possible to cro
of cattle ranchers in congress when she is sworn in tomorrow. the 61-year-old republican was a state senator from sparsely populated northern nebraska. she won her party minaon in a surprise victory over other, better-known candidates last summer. in november, shshe defeated forr democratic senator bob kerrey by a wide margin, and replaces retiring democrat ben nelson. deb fischer, welcome and congratulations. >> thank you, judy. great to be here. >> woodruff: given the spectacle we're watching in the congress right now and the last few years and the low regard we know the american hold of congress, are you sure you want this job? >> oh, yes. there is so much that we need to do. we just need to roll up our sleeves and get to work. in nebraska we're very fortunate. we have a nonpartisan unicamral. we have experience with working with republicans and democrats. we've been able to get a lot done in nebraska. i hope i can bring that here to washington as well. >> woodruff: you obviously have not been a part of the senate that has been voting the last few days, but if you were sitting in the sena
, sewers or water. >> suarez: we continue our conversations with new members of the 113th congress. tonight the senator-elect from nebraska, republican deb fiscr. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to live a healthy, productive life. >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... but that was after the measure ran into initial republican resistance with demands for more spending cuts. congress began the new year having missed its deadline to keep tax cuts from rising back to 1990's levels for most americans. and to prevent across-the-board spending cuts. instead, house republicans and democrats spent much of the day mulling a bill that cleared the senate shortly before 2:00 a.m. >> the yeas are 89. the nays are 8. 60-vote threshold having been achieved, the bill as amended is passed. >> woodruff: the senate bill
the congress and white house hammered out a deal. the house of representatives passed a senate bill that protects 99% of americans from an income tax hike. >> a central premise of my campaign was to change the tax code. that was too skewed toward the wealthy at the expense of working middle class americans. tonight we done have that >> president obama is right now as we speaking flying back to hawaii. he's resuming the family vacation he cut short in order to deal with that fiscal cliff. here are some of the details of the fiscal cliff deal that was passed last night. a perm extension of previous tax cut for all taxpayers expect for individuals that make $400,000 a year or couples that make more than $450,000. the bill continues unemployment benefits for long-term jobless. and postpones a decision on controversial spending cuts for two months. even though congress acted to avert income tax hikes on most americans, your paycheck will still shrink in 2013. ktvu janine de la vega is in san jose right now to explain about the end of the payroll tax holiday. what does that mean? >> repor
have a record number of women in the senate, 20 of them, there were 17 in the previous congress. a record number of latinos serving in the senate and first openly gay senator. it's more diverse. >> it is. slowly and surely congress is looking for like america, and that's a good thing, obviously. add to that list two specially notable senators. first of all, independent senator from maine, an gus king, former independent governor the to the state. 40% are independents like myself. we have a representative in the senate, someone who does walk the walk and talk the talk. the she could thing especially notable is tammy baldwin historic she's the first openly gay senator. but tim scott, appointed by nikki haley, but the first african-american republican in the u.s. senate since ed brook elected back in the 1960s and the first republican senator from the south since reconstruction. so a very significant figure he'll be cutting in the coming years. another person to look for is ted cruz, a hispanic republican from texas. he's going to be a major factor for years to come. >> john, i kno
senate and there are a dysfunctional congress and no wonder our back is up against the wall at midnight and we get some kind of -- this terrible deal that's thrown in our laps. >> so what was it like to be in the room when republicans voted on that deal? joining me now from capitol hill is republican congressman tom cole of oklahoma, who broke with his party in late november by suggesting the gop should consider a deal with a tax hike. thanks so much for being on the show. >> thank you, luke. >> i got to hand it to you, congressman cole, a big head line in the "washington post" today, "why tom cole is right," cole and mcconnell seem to have grasped that the long-range strategy dictated a deal be done on the fiscal cliff with as little public airing of grievances as possible. do you think that for future fights your colleagues will follow your advice and how much damage has this done to the house gop brand? >> i don't think it's done a lot of damage. sometimes in politics like in war you find a holding action so the army can escape. i think that's what you saw. the army is off the beache
. the president left after the house approved a senate bill. that is despite the objections of some house republicans. >> thanks to the votes of democrats and republicans in congress, i will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2% of americans while preventing a middle class tax hike that could have sent the economy back in a recession. >> i wish i could say this was a proud moment. a moment in which we started the year off right. in which the first of january was the first of great many good things. it isn't. we are kicking the can down the road. >> new members of congress will be sworn in tomorrow and over the next two months they will have to resolve the issues this last minute deal does not address. here are some of the provisions of the deal passed last night. a permanent extension of previous tax cuts for all taxpayers. expect for individuals making $400,000 a year. or couples making more than $550,000. and it postpones decisions on controversial spending cuts for two monthst. >>> the house of representatives wrapped up its session last night without voting on legislation
, just like almost everything congress does, right? the senate republican leader, mitch mcconnell, having difficulty with harry reid, he wanted to do a deal. he was feeling like maybe the democratic leader would string him along, trying to push him toward the cliff to increase his leverage. he called joe biden. they have a very good working relationship. cut a deal last year to increase the debt limit for the government. they -- they increased or extended the payroll taxes you were talking about in 012010. i have this from folks who were there. he went off the senate floor into the cloak room and said a lot of guys don't understand how things work like you do, joe, can we work together? and joe biden said let me call you back. he did and put an offer on the table. the first one of many that got us to the deal we see today. >> speaker boehner voted in favor of the bill, eric cantor did not. paul ryan voted in favor of the bill, marco rubio did not. are we seeing a fundamental split in the republican party? >> i think so. i think a lot of conservatives felt there was a revenue decrease with
. >>> victims of sandy will have to wait for the next session of congress to find out if they are going to get more federal help. house of representatives wrapped up this session of congress without considering a 60 billion dollar package. the senate passed the measure but because new lawmakers will be sworn in this month the legislative process will have to restart. >>> time for a check of the forecast. lynette charles is back with us after sometime off. >> yes. i am happy to be back. and we are going to be dealing with very cold temperatures. there's more sunshine in the forecast as we go through time. now this morning, we are not dealing with any type of sunshine. just plenty of cloud cover across the area. and the further you go, in southern maryland, that's where you will deal with a little wintery weather across the area this morning. so be prepared for that. we are going to be talking about more sunshine moving in as we head throughout the day. also the cold temperatures are going to be in place for today. we are at 34 right now in easton. ijamsville at 30 and 29 degrees in owings mills
, it would greatly prevent them getting it done before congress was sworn in at noon. harry reid, the senate majority leerksd said it's going to be very, very tough. a lot of them were tired. the senators were already home and they were waiting for the house to just sign off on it. so any changes, especially major changes, would have, could have really, really scuttled this thing from passing and getting to president obama's desk very quickly. >> is there any real winner in this scenario? can both sides walk away saying that they got something out of this deal? >> i think both sides could say they got something out of the deal, but think you see a lot more discontent among the republican ranks. you saw with the vote last night in the house, it was really the democrats who had to push it across the line. the republicans are not happy that there has to be tax increases on a small percentage of americans. they're not happy with nearly $4 trillion over a decade racking up the nation's debt. and several of the democrats are not happy about the deal either. but it's mostly the democrats and presid
passed the senate bill late last night averting fiscal disaster for the moment. live at our nation's capitol with details. good morning. >> good morning, the country did go over fiscal cliff but congress have fixed the mess. what they passed is retroactive, 90% of americans will not see a change in tax rates. >> they finally got it done. congress ended the long drama over the fiscal cliff with house republicans passing the senate bill. i will sign a law that will raise taxes on wealthiest 2% of americans. it could have sent the economy back into a recession. it appeared the bill was headed for defeat. house republicans had not want to raise taxes without significant cuts. >> there is no spending cuts. we're adding $4 billion a day to the debt. we feel like the senate bill failed miserably. >> but republicans decided to the to lengthen the fight. >> what is the alternative? go out $4 trillion of tax hikes for the american people, market uncertain. >> the bill shields people earning less than $400,000 a year from tax increases and extends unemployment benefits for roughly 2 million p
our senate debate. it is vital that the president and congress establish a closer working relationship, especially on national security. this is not just a matter of process. it's necessary to undergird national unit in the event of severe crises, such as war with iran or another catastrophic terrorist attack. this cooperation depends on congressional leaders who are willing to set aside partisan advantage and on administration officials who understand the benefits of having the support of congress as worth the effort it takes to secure it. currently, the national security dialogue between the president and congress in my judgment, is one of the least constructive i have ever witnessed. there is little foundation for resolving national security disputes or even the expectation that this can occur. before the next niervelings the president must be -- before the next 9/11, the president must be willing to call republicans to the oval office to establish the basis for a working partnership in foreign policy and republicans must shall be willing to suspend reflective opposition that serves
house and senate producer chad pergram from fox news has reported it is unlikely that has enough support to make it. if congress, the house were to amend that proposal to add the spending cuts to the bill the senate passed last night, republicans understand the senate is unlikely to even consider those changes. >> we are breaking up to go vote in just a moment on otherments. we do expect to vote on this later tonight. >> and what have the amendments, fiical cliff bill taking shape? what are the, size of the cuts you're looking for, where do they come from? >> we're just luking at one possible amendment. and they are going to decide after doing a little bit of discussion among members whether or not to bring it up. >> do you sport that test. >> huh? >> do you support that test? >> personally feel the senate will probably just ignore it as they did a year ago on the payroll situation. and that we'll still be back here. basically dealing with the underlying bill which is the senate version? >> do you have a chance for up-or-down vote on unamended version of the bill? >> yes. i think that wi
, jeopardize the deal. because thursday, january 3, at noon, 112th congress comes to an end and that senate agreement, it would be dead. >> thank you very much. coming up, during 4:30, abc 7 news will take a look at the fiscal cliff impass on your wall wallet. learn how much the payroll tax increase is going cost you moving on in kinld of a strange situation in san jose. police questioning a naked man who held officers at bay with a sword almost three hours this morning and yelling things like you're going to have to kill me. officers fired a flash bang device to get him to drop the weapon that. didn't work. officers recovered a sword andá÷ an assault weapon they found in his car. the man has been treated for injuries. >> police have launched an investigation after a 51-year-old man was found shot to death on street in downtown gilroy. investigators say the man was shot several times, and they're not focusing on tracking down the dark color sedan seen speeding from the scene. >> staff and students in sandy hook elementary school in connecticut will return to class on thursday. but in a ne
opportunities, where we have a chinese-american mayor of san francisco. 35 years ago, congress members passed similar resolutions in both house and the senate to formally recognize the first 10 days of may as asian-pacific heritage week. one year later, president jimmy carter signed into law a joint resolution to officially designate the annual celebration. 11 years later, president george bush extended the weeklong celebration to an entire month. you know and i know that our mothers say that every day is asian pacific american day. i want to recognize all of the milestones the api has made in the state of california and in the entire country. the caucus has a record of 42 members in the asian caucus in congress. one of their very first things we want to say is it was a young man who was the first member -- we want to make note of that. the reestablishment of the white house initiative by president obama was another accomplishment. president obama's cabinets has dr. steven chu. the very first asian-american -- as ambassador to the republic of china. we have a lot of accomplishments. it was no
are expressing on this holiday. as congress fails to agree on taxes and government spending measures that have a direct impact on every single american. this new year's day started right after the ball dropped with a lot of hopeful language. the senate voted after 2:00 a.m. on a bipartisan deal that the president praised. but now an impasse. we'll begin our coverage tonight on capitol hill with more from nbc's kelly o'donnell. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, kate. congress is in overtime. after missing the midnight deadline, they are trying to work something out before the next two hurdles -- the financial markets opening and their own terms here in congress running out on thursday. even though the white house and senate made a deal, it is tough to get it through the house. at a bleary-eyed 2:00 in the morning, senators actually did what many constituents loudly demand -- both parties compromised to pass a fiscal cliff package. >> the ayes are 89, the nays are 8. >> reporter: but then came daylight. and gop house leaders hit a wall of complaints from their own frustrated house
-nine votes in the u.s. senate to get this through. it's remarkable, especially for this congress, for this type of legislation. you have house democratic leaders signing off on this proposal. look, this is not a perfect deal. a lot in your we don't like. with the tax increases would hit folks of -- making less than foreign and 50,000 year. they want to protect $250,000 less. some other measures the one it that they didn't get. you have basically of all the groups it are in congress and the house, the democrats or republicans, the only outstanding group of lawmakers here with the house republicans out of the four that did not support this, and so it would very much be blamed for this particular deal not getting through congress if they didn't vote for tonight. diane: what happens with the spending cuts? we have seen the republicans but quite a bit from the tax increases, no licking a 40,450,000 for individuals and couples. we have not seen as much movement on the spending cuts. is an expectation that we will? >> one of the things that we have seen about this deal that you have to
session of congress begins with live coverage here on c-span and the senate on c-span2. we'll have the opening day including the roll call of members, as well as the election of the house speaker, all here on c-span. former olympic figure skater michelle quan and washington congresswoman jamie beutler participated in discussions on women & leadership. michelle quan talks about how she uses skills she learned as an athlete in her transition out of sports. congresswoman beutler talks about her being a woman in congress. this is 50 minutes. >> welcome back. i want to introduce our next amazing panel. i want to start with jamie herrera beutler. she represents the southwest washington state, washington's third district. she just turned 34 and she is the youngest woman currently serving in congress. welcome, jamie. next to her is marni levine, former chief of staff at the white house national economic council. she's the former chief of staff for larry somers when he was at harvard university and she's currently the vice president of global public policy for this company you may have hear
, congress can provide economic security and certainty for middle-class families. this has passed the senate with overwhelming bipartisan support, permanently extending 9 tax cuts permanently9% of american families -- tax cuts to 99% of american families. it expands relief for millions of young people and makes vital investments that build economic growth and jobs in this country. it averts the fiscal cliff and the humble economic consequences that may have resulted. as we close out this congress, we have reached resolution on a major issue facing this congress and an asian -- their tax policy for our families and our -- this congress and the nation -- their tax policy for our families. i expect it will be difficult to reach a bipartisan solution, but that does not mean it cannot be done. tonight's vote demonstrates it can. it benefits american families and american businesses. i yield back. >> the gentleman from michigan, mr. camp. >> i still reserve. >> the gentleman reserves. >> @ i yield one minute -- i yield one minute to mr. moran. >> thank you, mr. chairman. tonight we will pass 83 pr
off until the new congress arrives tomorrow. that includes a bill to help those effected by superstorm sandy. a package was passed last week by the senate, now lawmaker also have to start the process from scratch because legislation does not carry over from the last congress to this new one. for those hit hardest by the storm, the frustration was bipartisan. >> this congress is apparently leaving town without responding to that emergency. there's not one of us, not one of us in this congress that could not be in the same position. and i'm deeply disappointed, mr. speaker. and the people who have been damaged by sandy, including governor christie, a republican, and governor cuomo, a democrat, should be deeply disappointed and, yes, angry. >> we have a moral obligation to hold this vote. the people are out of their homes. the people who are cold. the people without food. the people who lost their jobs. they don't have time to wait. >> to ignore it, to ignore the plight of millions of american citizens, unprecedented, they should reconsider or hang their heads in shame. >> for us in the n
will have to wait for the next session of congress to see if they'll get billions of dollars in federal aid. 2013 will still end up being a little bit more costly. late last night the house approved a measure passed earlier by the senate. extending unemployment benefits. a clear victory for president obama the campaign on promises to only raise taxes on the wealthiest americans. i also know all that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent of americans. how this a had a severe impact on families across america. they still will take a financial hit in 2013. at least 2 percent more in payroll taxes. cutting into most workers' paychecks. it will hit illinois and is especially hard. >> is a double whammy. they're getting another tax hike, the 2 percent payroll tax. for a median house and come they might be saving 5000-ton thousand dollars a year. this is $2,100 less. while everybody is happy that the worst was avoided many are disgusted at how the entire ordeal turned up. the little guy is the ones suffering. >> i think it was really irresponsible by our government. both parties led us down.
another potential setback for the region. >> 66 days and counting, shame on you. shame on congress. new jerseyians and new yorkers are tired of being treated like second class citizens. >> reporter: the senate passed a package last week to provide more than $60 billion in aid to the region, but on tuesday the house failed to act before wrapping up this session of congress. >> now i am dismayed and really saddened that the house of representatives walked away last night, didn't even touch this after we spent so much time here on the floor doing something to help the beleaguered part of our country. >> reporter: republican congressman peter king who represents part of long island called it a disgrace and blasted leaders of his own party. >> we cannot believe that this cruel knife in the back was delivered to our region. >> reporter: the president called for immediate action saying when tragedy strikes, americans come together to support those in need. i urge republicans in the house of representatives to do the same. house speaker john boehner said he will make the sandy aid package a
. the senate already okayed the $60 billion measure. new congress will be sworn in tomorrow. >>> well, on weather news it's freezing out there this morning literally and we have cbs 5 reporter anne makovec feeling the freeze in san rafael. good morning, anne. >> reporter: i have been watching the temperature here behind me at this bank in san rafael. it's below zero, elizabeth, celsius at least. 26 degrees fahrenheit right now. a freeze warning in effect for the north bay and a frost advisory in effect until 9 a.m. for the shoreline and the santa clara valley. temperatures in the 20s and 30s, frost of course can tell you sensitive plants outside so hopefully yours are already covered up. today is also a "spare the air" day. that's because the cold weather forces tiny particles of pollution in the air close to the ground and then there really isn't any wind so those particles stay close to the ground making it tough for some people to breathe. a "spare the air" alert means no burning allowed indoors or outdoors including wood or any solid fuel. >> what do you do when it gets that cold
it done. congress ended the long drama over the fiscal cliff with house republicans reluctantly passing the senate's bill. >> i will sign the law that lays the taxes on the final 2% of the americans and preventing a middle class tax hike that could have sent the country into recession. >> reporter: house republicans didn't want to raise taxes without cuts in government spending. >> there's no spending cuts. we are adding 4 billion dollars to the debt and we feel like that the senate bill failed miserablely. >> reporter: house republicans decided not to drag out the fight any longer and risk potentially taking the blame for massive tax hikes on every american worker. >> what's the alternative? allow 4 trillion dollars worth of tax hikes to hit the american people market uncertain? >> reporter: the bill shields people earning less than 400,000 a year from tax increases and extends unemployment benefits for 2 million people. what it doesn't do however is raise the so-called debt ceiling and two months the government will reach the limit on borrowing unless congress acts. not to mention the
. the nays are 167. >> so we have this totally dysfunctional senate. therefore a dysfunctional congress. >> it's not a violation. >> technically these are still tax cuts? >> correct. >> a hopefully the new year will focus on less drama, not scare the heck out of folks quite as much. >> let's get right to our panel here with me are krystal ball one of the hosts of msnbc's "the cycle" and jimmy williams an msnbc contributor. krystal, the fiscal cliff fight may be over but we heard many of them looking forward to a debt ceiling fight where medicare and taxes will be fought over. do these people not learn anything from 2011 when the credit worthiness of this nation was downgraded and markets crashed because of what they were doing? >> well, apparently not. and i'm glad you frame it that way. i feel like a lot of the discussion has just assumed that it's appropriate to use the debt ceiling as a bargaining chip. i mean, you are threatening default. you are threatening a worldwide global economic calamity. and republicans now just as a matter of business think this is okay to do and that there
this current term of congress. the senate had approved more than $60 billion to help residents of the east coast recover. residents from hard-hit new york and new jersey are furious, peter king calling it inexcusable. >>> open house is being held at a connecticut middle school that has been reoutfitted to serve survivors of sandy hook elementary. classes begin there on thursday. >>> police in los angeles are investigating the death of a celebrity photographer who was hit by a car tuesday while trying to take pictures of a white ferarri owned by pop star justin bieber. bieber was not in the car. the driver who struck the photographer has been released. >>> an investigation is under way into tuesday's deadly crowd stampede after new year's celebration in ivory coast. at least 61 people were crushed to death while leaving a fireworks show at a stadium. >>> the taliban released a statement today that ridicules the planned withdrawal of u.s. forces from afghanistan next year calling it a, quote, declared victory and comparing it to the u.s. withdrawal from vietnam. >>> cnbc's courtney reagan is
of the 20 female senators starting work tomorrow. that is a record number of women in the senate. and it's the 113th congress, beginning its new session tomorrow morning. and as i discovered, they have opinions, they were not shy about sharing, on everything from their male counterparts to grid lock and even a female president. and we will bring you all of that tomorrow, right here on "world news." >>> and, we have big news tonight on secretary of state hillary clinton. she has been discharged from the hospital, just this evening. after four days under treatment for a blood clot near her brain. and abc's chief medical editor dr. richard besser tells us what we know about her condition tonight. >> reporter: just hours ago, secretary clinton was seen outside of the hospital, reportedly for testing. look again. here she is, up and walking to her car. the state department today told us she's begun quite active on the phone with calls to her staff. the 65-year-old secretary of state is the most traveled in history. 112 countries, almost a million miles logged, more than a year of her life shu
-- the senate passed it. let's show the american people this congress is not broken. we are not so dysfunctional we cannot work together for and come to an agreement and compromise. let's get this done. please support the fiscal cliff bills today. >> we are about to have a hold your nose vote here in the house of representatives. many of us will wrestle with the problem. we do have an opportunity to stabilize taxation for 99% of all americans to extend an appreciation. two loans are stabilized in the calendar year 2013. there is a lot in this package that is good. there is a lot in this package not just at all. it must be addressed or it will have a huge drag on the united states economy. once again, revisit the issue for the first time in american history. it is not a perfect package. it is something that gets us by while we tackle the large issues in the next congress. >> we are confronted with a bill that, if the vote full voting- age allow us to go over the ceiling or we can try to come together and pass something that neither tside of the aisle will agree with 100 percent. -- 100%. we do no
given for the action. >> reporter: the timing is key. if the house doesn't vote on the senate-passed measure, lawmakers have to start from scratch because the new members cannot take up a bill from the old congress. that means the much needed i'd could be delayed for several weeks. >> we need to rebuild now. we need to act now. we can't wait for the next congress. >> reporter: speaker boehner told republicans there will ab vote friday and the rest by january 15th. >> congressman peter king said the speaker of the house john boehner promised aid to victims will be coming up january 15 and there's a scheduled vote for friday and another one on the 15th for the remaining i'd. >>> if you want maryland's most accurate forecast right there in the palm of your hand any time day or night, just search abc2 in the apple apps store. >>> the health of our bay improved slightly last year. a report found underwarted grasses were the only bay health indicators that worsened. grab and oxygen levels got bet better. the the bay is still dangerously out of balance. strategies are starting to wor
will have to wait for the next session of congress to learn the fate of a federal aid package. the senate already passed the $60 billion measure but the house ended without voting on it. the new coming will be sworn in tomorrow. >>> and as lawrence just said, it is a chilly morning in the bay area. but don't light a fire. today is a "spare the air" day for the bay area, the second one at what -- the second one in a row. air quality officials say they might have to declare another one tomorrow because of air pollution that's beyond healthy levels. >> it creates unhealthy breathing conditions. it can trigger asthma and distressed breathing. >> there is a frost advisory for much of the bay area until 9 a.m. this morning and a freeze warning in the north bay. that means it's a good idea to cover sensitive plants to protect them in the cold. i guess the cold weather is your cue. >> it's chilly around the bay area. skies clear overnight. the air is very dry and those temperatures really taking a tumble this morning. we have some freeze warnings in the north bay valleys expecting a lot of those
. >> that this president barack obama making comments after congress sent him a fiscal cliff bill. we are >> congress sent president barack obama adults avoid the fiscal cliff. it passed overwhelmingly in the u.s. senate. it passed the house by a 40 vote margin. it rolls back tax hike on the middle class and raise taxes on the wealthy and delayed those massive spending cuts for another two months. it was an easy road to get here. these initiations dragged on for quite some time. the president spoke a few minutes ago. he thanked joe biden and the house democratic leader that the policy and the republican leader in the u.s. senate, mitch mcconnell, for making this happen. he called this a domestic process. he said nobody is really happy 100% with the deal but it was not enough time for a larger deal. he also said he is taking another hard-line in the upcoming fight over the debt and selling. he warned congressional republicans it would be a tough fight. as gerry sandusky said, the yeas have it, . >> another look of the 7 day forecast. nothing to talk about there. really quite weather the next several days.
to make this transition as smooth as possible. >> areas that -- devastated by hurricane sandy. congress adjourned without holding a vote on the asndy belief bill. >> and approved a more than $60 billion measure to help with recovery -- the senate approve a more than $60 billion measure to help with the recovery. the vote was expected before congress' terms end. >> hundreds of swimmers rin gin in the new year off cony island. members raised money for hurricane sandy's fully a first. the area was flooded by the storm but they did not let that hold them back. i never understand. >> some brave souls out there. >> you do it once, why not? >> never ever ever. >> it does not look pleasant. >> why? i would give to the cost without jumping in the water. >> our temperatures will stay a bit on the chilly aside for the better part of the week ahead. starting out this morning with temperatures in the mid 30's. 37 in washington. 34 at dulles. 32 in frederick. culpeper at 36. in northwest breeze and a touch of the wind chill factor. feels like 27 at dulles and 32 reagan national. numbers from yesterd
california. he's getting ready to leave congress. this will be one of his last acts in this current 112th congress. david dryer, a veteran member of the house winding up with a big bang. he supports this fiscal cliff senate version and he's making that clear in his remarks. we have much more on the breaking news when we come back. the last man you would think would be in favor of the senate's plan sh the anti-tax crusader grover norquist. there he is. he'll join us. if by blessed youn freaked out about money well we suddenly noticed crusader grover norquist. there he is. he'll join us. sh the anti-tax crusader grover norquist. there he is. he'll join us. g the anti-tax crusader grover norquist. there he is. he'll join us. and the clothes still weren't as clean as with tide. so we're back to tide. they're cuter in clean clothes. thanks honey yeah you suck at folding [ laughs ] [ female announcer ] one cap of tide gives you more cleaning power than 6 caps of the bargain brand. [ woman ] that's my tide, what's yours? diarrhea, gas, bloating? yes! one phillips' colon health probiotic cap eac
. it is half past the top of the hour. we start with this a fox news alert congress pulling the country back after it went over the fiscal cliff. late last night the house approved a senate fiscal cliff bill being signed into law. many republicans are giving the deal a thumbs down. it does little to address the nation's soaring debt or automatic spending cuts set to go into effect. doug luzader is live in washington with more for us. >> good morning guys. it when pretty. it may be good news for the markets but parts of the deal are only temporary. the house did pass this ultimately but it wasn't all that close. it was 257 to 157. you have a clear majority of republicans voting for it. it was enough for president obama to declare a victory. >> thanks to the votes of democrats and republicans in congress i will raise the taxes for 2 percent of americans while preventing an american tax hike that could effect the economy in the recession. >> with that evidences gone. air force one could be on stand by to take the president back to finish up his vacation. in washington it is still something of a
congress is in session. and on the house floor they are now debating the senate passed ad legislation that passed 88--- 89-8 early this morning that deals with the effort to stop the fiscal cliff implications. the increasing of taxes and the sequester, the across-the-board tax cuts that would affect both the pentagon and domestic programs. joining me now with an update, a re-set, if you will, chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel. mike? >> bret, good evening, once again. it has been an interesting day up here on capitol hill after that wide bipartisan vote in the united states senate we instantly heard grumblings this morning from house republicans who said they wanted to take time to read the bill. after they read the bill they did not like what they saw. they said where are the spending cuts. raise taxes $41 for are every dollar or so that we are going to save money. that didn't add up for them and so house republican leadership spent a whole lot of time today, two different meetings behind closed doors with the rank and file allowing the rank and file to vent about the dea
for the political gain. it is why the american people hate congress. >>reporter: ouch. lawmaker whose objected to the quick vote say the senate measure was full of pork, including $600 million to the epa to deal with climate change issues and $150 million foe -- for fisheries in alaska it is fine to vote "no" but by failing to let anyone vote yes or no, speaker boehner failed to do his job. >>gregg: could this impact boehner's chances of holding on to the speakership tomorrow? >>reporter: there is that vote tomorrow. it is not likely but not impossible. he will have to get a clear majority of all of those who do vote. it is not just the republicans. it is the entire house. clearly he will neat the vast majority of g.o.p. votes. new york republican who you saw in the interim may abstain altogether and another new york republican, peter kings says republicans will have to work hard to get his vote on anything right now. while both the boehner and can for camps are shooting down talks of a divide, many are speculate there is trouble in the house of representatives g.o.p. leadership ranks. that vo
office, a nonpartisan group, said today the senate-backed legislation will add nearly $4 trillion to federal deficits over a decade, but keep in mind that is relative to where deficits would have been if congress had let all the bush tax cuts expire, which was an option that virtually no one wanted. so is there life left in the senate's proposal or have we fallen off the cliff for good or at least for a few days? joining me now is our senior congressional correspondent, dana bash. dana, i just got a tweet from someone that says can't dana bash kick these idiots in the butt and get it done? >> reporter: that would be an interesting youtube moment, wouldn't it? look, here's what's going on. some of that kicking might be going on as we speak by others who have clear seniority inside the republican caucus. on the floor of the house right now, we are told house republican leaders are trying to get a sense of whether or not there are the votes for what house republicans have been saying behind closed doors and publicly that they want all day, changes that they want to the bill that pass
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